Things just seem to keep getting better for The Celtic Tenors, whose unique mix of classical music, folk and Irish pop has made them popular visitors to Doha’s live music scene. The Irish lads have continued to add to their fan-base as they constantly tour the globe, resulting in three platinum albums and a reputation as one of the best classical crossover groups to emerge from Ireland.
Here at Ahlan! Qatar, we’re giving you a chance to win two tickets to the concert, plus a three-course dinner and drinks package – simply go to the competition section of this website to register and enter. In the meantime, we caught up with Tenor Daryl Simpson to shoot the breeze...
Based on your previous shows in Doha, how do you find the crowds here compared to other parts of the world?
We have played all over the world, but I think you can safely say people are just people. There can be some differences in culture, but for the most part, people anywhere just want to go out, let their hair down and be entertained. That said, our experiences in Doha have been absolutely brilliant to date, and we love how people really make us feel extremely welcome. It feels like home away from home to us.
What’s the strangest gig you’ve done?
We recently toured China with a symphony orchestra, and we were talked into performing a famous Chinese song by Wang Luo Bin in Mandarin. Every night we sang, people just started to applaud immediately, and continued all the way through the song. I had to pinch myself as I thought, ‘How does a lad from Northern Ireland get an opportunity like this?!’
Which track from the worlds of pop, R&B and hip hop would you most like to perform live in The Celtic Tenors style?
I absolutely love Stevie Wonder’s Superstition, but I think it might be a bit of a stretch to sing it. The song just makes me smile every time I hear it.
Do you ever get tired of playing Danny Boy?
We have always said that if we don’t feel a song we would replace it and Danny Boy has never been sidelined. We have our own slant on the song and we never fail to be amazed over how we still get a kick out of singing it. Thankfully, audiences don’t seem to tire of hearing it either, and I think that is always the sign of a great song.
INFO: QR370 per person (includes three course dinner and drinks package), Doors open 7pm Thurs 26 Sep, Radisson Blu Hotel, Salwa Road, Bin Mahmoud, 4428 1555, www.radissonblu.com/hotel-doha